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  Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES), a 501c nonprofit serving the community for over 40 years, has a unique volunteer opportunity to share. MVES recently launched the Technology Access Program (TAP), which aims to bridge the tech divide for older adults and people with disabilities and support them in their ability to live independently in the community.

  The community’s response to TAP was immediately enthusiastic, and MVES is eager to meet their needs. Additional volunteers are urgently needed to provide consumers with training and support, as well connect them with the accessibility and affordability programs available to them.

  “Technology access can create meaningful change in our consumers’ lives,” said TAP Coordinator Carla Matute. “Our volunteers are empowering residents, while giving them tools to continue living independently.”

  Many of us take for granted the role technology plays in our current society. Imagine, for example, if you were unable to manage your finances from a computer, communicate with your healthcare team, apply for programs, stay in touch with family members or search for information.

  “We all know technology has transformed our lives, and MVES wants to ensure that no one is left behind by that process,” said MVES Volunteer Engagement Manager Nicole Sanders O’Toole. “TAP strives to reach every eligible consumer in our 11 towns and cities, including at-risk populations that have historically been disenfranchised from the programs that benefit them.”

  MVES volunteers receive training and support, and the TAP initiative requires a commitment of just a few hours each month – more if the volunteer wishes. TAP welcomes adult volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Bilingual and multilingual volunteers are welcomed.

  “TAP volunteers don’t need to be tech professionals or experts. All that’s required is an understanding of technology and an interest in giving back,” said MVES CEO Lisa Gurgone. “We are proud that all our volunteers are invested in their community and making a positive change in the world.”

  To become a volunteer or learn more about TAP or any of MVES’ programs, please contact 781-324-7705 or visit www.mves.org.

About Mystic Valley Elder Services

  MVES is a nonprofit agency that provides essential home- and community-based care and resources to older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers. Based in Malden, Mass., MVES serves Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winthrop. Agency services include coordination of home care, transportation, Meals on Wheels and information and referrals. For more information, please call 781-324-7705 or visit www.mves.org.

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